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[leg-uh-tee] /ˌlɛg əˈti/
a person to whom a legacy is bequeathed.
Origin of legatee
1670-80; < Latin lēgāt(us) (see legate) + -ee Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Just so much as the testator parts with the legatee obtains.

  • The legacy and the legatee have proved equally unsubstantial.

  • There is "many a slip betwixt the cup" of the legator and "the lip" of the legatee.

    George Muller of Bristol Arthur T. Pierson
  • He may himself be a legatee and endeavor to transfer to himself.

    Commercial Law

    Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
  • Then, too, there was a possibility that Herbert would turn out a legatee.

    Herbert Carter's Legacy Horatio Alger
  • What was her position as legatee to her situation as a woman?

    Two on a Tower Thomas Hardy
  • Flo Why how can Mark Trenchard's property be yours, unless you marry the legatee.

    Our American Cousin Tom Taylor
  • In case of death, Gobseck would make you legatee of my property.

    Gobseck Honore de Balzac
  • It flashed upon him presently that a legatee could not benefit by a will which he had witnessed.

    Fenton's Quest

    M. E. Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for legatee


a person to whom a legacy is bequeathed Compare devisee
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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